The president of the Moroccan House of Representatives, Habib El Malki, expressed Morocco’s readiness to join the Asian Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) as an observer at its 40th General Assembly.
Rabat – Habib El Malki, President of the Moroccan House of Representatives, met on August 26 and 27 with several of his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bangkok.
El Malki participated in AIPA’s 40th General Assembly as a guest of honor. During talks on the sidelines of the Assembly, El Malki expressed the will of the Kingdom to strengthen its cooperation with this important region of the world.
He also discussed the means to develop cooperation and partnerships with the member countries through parliamentary diplomacy.
At the Assembly’s opening on August 26, he formally called for granting Morocco an observer status within AIPA. Morocco is the only Arab and African country to participate in the Assembly.
Accompanied by Morocco’s ambassador to Bangkok, Abdelilah El Housni, El Malki also expressed his gratitude for Vietnam’s support of Morocco’s request to obtain observer status within the AIPA.
Speaking at the plenary opening session, El Malki stressed the importance of sharing experiences between legislative and state institutions.
“Over the past two decades, we have witnessed an unprecedented momentum of international parliamentary cooperation at the regional, continental and global levels,” he said.
El Malki noted that this cooperation aims “for a world of peace, understanding, tolerance, and prosperity that we all wish to transmit to future generations.”
He also emphasized how Morocco effectively participates in several regional interparliamentary bodies.
He recalled Morocco’s membership in the African Parliamentary Union, the Pan-African Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean Union, the Arab Parliamentary Union, and the Parliamentary Assembly of French-Speaking Countries.
“We also enjoy the status of ‘Mediterranean partner’ in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the status of ‘partner for democracy’ in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in addition to the observer status in most sub-regional parliamentary assemblies in Latin America,” said Habib El Malki.
He then highlighted how “within this important parliamentary network, only Asia is missing.”
El Malki affirmed that joining the AIPA will offer the possibility of organizing joint parliamentary events focusing on major current issues such as climate change, international security, or human rights.
The ASEAN Interparliamentary Assembly was established in 1977. It has ten permanent member countries and 12 observer countries.
The participation of the Moroccan Parliament in the AIPA General Assembly, as an observer, offers a unique opportunity to institutionalize and conduct a dialogue with ASEAN member countries and other observer countries.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, is currently the 5th largest economy in the World.
It was established on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand. It includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.